Ben Simmons trade rumors continue to flood social media as the days go by. He’s reportedly ready to move on from the Philadelphia 76ers and the team wouldn’t mind parting ways with him either.
Some claim that he’s not answering the team’s calls and is looking forward to a trade, while insiders continue to come up with potential Ben Simmons trades left and right.
Even though people point their fingers at Ben Simmons for how exposed he was in the playoffs, it would be unfair and inaccurate to put all the blame on him. Doc Rivers‘ coaching left a lot to be desired and, other than Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, the rest of the Sixers didn’t step up either.
Simmons’ relationship with the organization may have reached a point of no return, maybe it’s time both get a fresh start. And, even though we’ve read multiple realistic and reasonable potential Ben Simmons trade ideas, we’ve been following the NBA long enough to know that sometimes, it’s the crazier offer the one that gets the deal done.
Ben Simmons trade rumors 2021: Best Simmons trade ideas
So, let’s take a look at some dark horses that could find their way into Ben Simmons trade rumors. We already know that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors want him, but what about those teams that don’t come out to the light?
Even if they may not sound that likely to happen right now, let’s take a look at 3 longshot potential Ben Simmons trades that could shake the entire league:
The Portland Trail Blazers need to make some moves if they want to convince Damian Lillard to stay. And Lillard has openly said that they’re not good enough to compete for an NBA championship right now. Adding Simmons would certainly help their ever-struggling defense, and his playmaking could lead Lillard to play off the ball every now and then.
Nonetheless, getting Simmons would mean breaking up the Blazers’ crafty backcourt once and for all. The Blazers would need to offer CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, and at least a couple of first-round picks to get Daryl Morey’s interest.
The Indiana Pacers have been one star away from contention for a couple of years now. They have a solid defensive unit, some shooters, and Domantas Sabonis is one of the best young players. So, maybe adding Ben Simmons is exactly what they need to take a step forward, even if that may not do wonders for their spacing issues.
The Pacers would have to send Malcolm Brogdon to Philadelphia alongside either T.J. Warren or Jeremy Lamb along with at least one first-round pick to get this done. Simmons may not look forward to playing for a small-market team but he’d get a fresh start. The Sixers, on the other hand, would add another solid playmaker, defender, and some more shooting.
The Sacramento Kings currently hold the longest playoff drought in the NBA. The team has put together a decent young core but they have a logjam at the point guard position. Ironically, they could work that out by adding yet another top lottery pick and playmaker in Ben Simmons.
Philadelphia would get Buddy Hield and picks in return for Simmons, adding one of the best shooters in the world. The Kings would be able to replenish their draft capital by moving either De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. Also, they would get a win-now kind of player in Simmons.